Aerospace Systems Design and Simulation

Research in aerospace system design ranges from the practical development of cost models to the development of flight simulations. Current projects focus on the development of an empirical cost model to predict aerospace vehicle operating costs as a function of thrust power, a comprehensive systems approach to the design of powered spacecraft for cislunar, planetary, and interstellar scientific space missions, and work on the NASA Smart Icing Systems project, including flight simulations and encounter scenarios. There are currently four active research projects in Aerospace System Design and Simulation. Several of these projects are sponsored by government agencies and leading industry companies such as: NASA (Marshall Space Flight Center and GlennResearch Center) and Science Applications International Corporation. The research is conducted by faculty members, numerous graduate students, undergraduate students, and visiting scholars.

Faculty Researchers:

  • R. L. Burton (Professor Emeritus) - Electric and advanced chemical rocket propulsion, space exploration, hypersonic flows, hypervelocity accelerators

  • V. L. Coverstone - Space mission design, optimal spacecraft trajectories

  • Koki Ho - Space mission design, multidisciplinary design and optimization, Cubesats/small satellites, operations research, systems engineering

  • Kai James - Multidisciplinary design optimization, topology optimization, aeroelasticity, computational solid mechanics, nonlinear mechanics, additive manufacturing

  • M. S. Selig - Applied computational and experimental aerodynamics; airfoil design and analysis; aircraft design, performance, stability, and control; flight simulation; wind energy